by John Armstrong
In the book of Revelation chapter 5 you will find Jesus referred to as both the Lion and the Lamb.
Rev. 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Rev. 5:6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,
12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
I can hardly ever get through reading that chapter without tears coming to my eyes. Oh, how I long to be in that multitude participating in the glorious worship in heaven. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain! I want you to think about that as we go through this month together. We will end the month with commemorating the death of Christ, the Lamb who was slain, on Friday,
March 30th. How fitting that indeed the month will go out like a lamb. The Lamb that was slain and whose blood ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and made them a kingdom and priests to our God. Let that soak in for a while. If you want to meditate on something worthy today, and this month, meditate on this.
What are you facing today that will not shrink to insignificance in the presence of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah? He is our God and He has given Himself as a Lamb to the slaughter that our sins would be paid for and our guilt removed and more than that, that we be brought into reconciled relationship with our heavenly Father and be able to come boldly to the throne of grace as dearly loved children. I don’t know what troubles you are facing today, but I can tell you that in light of what is ours in
Christ, you need not fear. Our Savior is a Lamb slain for us, and He is Lion who rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven and is coming again in power to bring His kingdom to its full consummation. I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to sing, that makes me want to fall down in worship before the Lord. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”